“Follow your passion” has been for a long time a sort of “gospel” when most people talk about accomplishing success. Thousands of career advisors, coaches, “experts” and self-help books spread the gospel every year on how, in order to be succesful, you must “follow your passion“.
Well … Cal Newport, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and author of the new book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love (Amazon affiliate link), recently spoke at Google where he shared his views on why “follow your passion” is actually a terrible advice and on what it takes to build skills that matter and, as a result, develop a remarkable career by creating work you love.
The presentation’s duration is around 40 minutes. Trust me, I know how valuable your time is, and I can tell you that watching these 40 minutes is most definitely worth it.
By the way, I have not yet have the opportunity to read the book (is not yet available on Kindle (Amazon affiliate link) [why Amazon?]), but based on this video and on the book’s summary, it looks like this is an important book that you should definitely check out, regardless of where you are in your career.